My sister is a nurse and worked in a facility that used this type of method. She says it is dangerous and would not advise it for anybody. I would consider other methods. People have died under rapid detox......I also saw something on dr. phil show and he also stated it is dangerous. You must be careful where you go. If it's less than 25 grand forget it...........best yet, just forget it period. Thats just my opinion and the opinions of people i trust.
Hi Rose, say for arguments sake it was as they claim,and even say it was covered under insurance.The one major problem,I comprehend is what about the psychological,desire to use and the craving. I think it could be a tool as it is on the dr. phil show,remember its the first step,then the subject goes to impatient treatment for 3-months or so,as for the dangerous part,thats sort of funny when we worry about a safe,clean medically licensed facility,when some addicts use puddle water,pop any pill that provides any reaction,and so on and so forth.Im not being negative just telling it like it is. john
I had the procedure done in 2006. This is what I can tell you from first hand knowledge. First of all the cost of this was expensive. My family all put in together to get me on a plane to have this done, once in for all. I thought, in the beginning it was the answer to my prayers, because of what they was telling me about the procedure. They told me, in general that I would be put under (to sleep) and they would induce withdrawals with a drug called Revia, while under constant supervision of my blood pressure, heart rate etc.. I would be under for approx. 4 hours. Then when I was awaken, withdrawals would be almost all over. They told me I would just have a little trouble sleeping.
Now here comes what really happen, in a short version. They put me to sleep, induced withdrawals with the Revia and after I awoke (4 hours later) I was scared ********. I was escorted to a motel (I couldn't walk at all) by a nurse and my brother. During this time I was very unstable and was constantly vomiting very large amounts. I was vomiting in a 13 gallon garbage can, next to my bed, cause I lost all my reflexes in my legs to make it to the bathroom and I ended up vomiting, literally, 3 of the 13 gallon cans, before it start to subside. I also had many other awful withdrawal symptoms. The nurse was giving me large doses of diazapam (valum), and tigan (for neausea) but I was still very unstable. They kept tellin me it would all be over with, by the time it was for me to leave (four days). After the four days came I was still in intense withdrawal state, when I aborted a plan back home. At this time, and a long time to come, I was still in a withdrawal state. I couldn't eat, I was still throwing up every few hours, I was nervous/panicky, extreme RLS, extreme depression, leg cramps from He** and extremely spaced out. I was a wreck and I mean a real wreck. Normal withdrawal would have been a cakewalk, compare to this. After I got home most of these symptoms lasted for many days and the insommia/depression lasted for months. At this point I was ready to relapse, for sure, but they surgically inplant a pellet of naloxone below my waist line (about a inch deep), so I couldn't relapse with a opiate if I had tried. This procedure also cause me to develop ulcers in my espohgus and stomach (I am sure of) I am still haven't complications due to this procedure.
In conclusion, I would have to say that this is a procedure that should be banned. I would not wish what happen to me on my worst enemy (including bin-laden or Saddam) With my personal experience my opinion it is VERY UNSAFE, To much of a shock on the body/mind and I promise that most of what these people that represent Rapid Detox is UNTRUE. They leave a lot of what you will experience out of the picture. For the amount of money that is involved, it seems they will, "so to speak" play music to your ears. For me, they caught me in a desperate time, and ONLY WHAT they told me seem so right. I felt that I was deceived and I am not willing to let something to this magnitude, be done to me and forgotten (If you know I'm getting at)
Futhermore, please understand this is based on my first hand experience, after having this procedure done. What doesn't work for one, might work for someone else, but when it comes to this procedure, I'm not so sure. You can take these words with a grain of salt or you can take a real chance on your life with this procedure.
I haven't heard enough positive things at all either - I decided to c/t even though I was familiar with Rapid Detox and had considered it.....I say lets give Osama (Saddams history) a huge pile of tar opium from his homeland and then use him for clinical trials......after he has a gorilla sized habit.......
We had this done to my brother in law. He was also in a bad state. Seemed like they druged him with other drugs to make him stay stable. He was telling us thing that didn't make sence. Its a bad way to get off in my eyes. He then relapsed the next day he got home. He is now on methadone and doing very good. I would look at other programs. There is no quick fix for this.
I think we should be fair to each other and say where exactly we went. I have heard horror stories about rapid detox and I went through the Waisman program 13 months ago and have to say, I could not be happier. If we ask people in a blog about plastic surgery we will get great and terrible stories. I was treated by Dr. Lowenstein and it was safe and I was with them for 7 days. The story I read makinit above is completely different hat what I went through...
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